NEWS: Lawmakers Applaud Superior Court Decision to Allow Medicaid Expansion to Proceed in Alaska

ANCHORAGE – Today, Superior Court Judge Frank Pfiffner denied the Legislative Council’s request to stop the implementation of Medicaid expansion in early September. The ruling is being praised by the members of the Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition (AIDC).

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Rep. Josephson’s Newsletter: Around the District & Anchorage Update

I hope you are enjoying the last weeks of summer and have found time to explore our wonderful mountains, rivers, beaches, and trails. Good luck to all of the students returning to school! I have been walking around the district lately talking to constituents and “taking the temperature” of the district. If there is something on your mind and you want to talk before I make it to your neighborhood please feel free to reach out to me!

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Rep. Claman’s Newsletter: Medicaid Expansion Lawsuit and President’s Visit

I hope you are enjoying the last weeks of summer and have found time to explore our wonderful mountains, rivers, beaches, and trails. Good luck to all of the students returning to school! I had a great time at West High’s Homecoming Game last Friday and was honored to do the coin toss at the start of the game.

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Rep. Kito’s Newsletter: Southeast Spotlight: late summer update

Dear Neighbors,

I hope you are enjoying the final weeks of summer. Don’t forget: with school starting again, be sure to keep an eye out for kids and drive safely. Thank you for checking out my recap of some of the activities in the Capitol, around our communities, and across Alaska.

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Rep. Guttenberg’s Newsletter: Costly Legislative Lawsuit on the Horizon

On Tuesday leg council announced plans to sue Gov. Walker in an effort to block his authority to expand Medicaid in Alaska. This comes as no surprise considering the opposition the Governor faced since he first introduced Medicaid expansion into the budget during the regular 90 day session. It was blocked by a few and has landed us where we are today—about to spend half a million dollars during a deficit budget on corporate lawyers to carry out a lawsuit against an expansion that would bring in federal money to the state and create thousands of jobs.

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Rep. Wool’s Newsletter: Why is the State of Alaska Suing Itself?! And Fox Spring Update

It’s been a pretty bizarre week in the Legislature. The Legislative Council voted 10-1 to sue the state to attempt to prevent Medicaid expansion from providing 40,000 Alaskans access to healthcare while saving the state millions of dollars a year. I won’t go into all of the details about why expansion is good for Alaska and good for Fairbanks, but you can read the article I wrote for the Fairbanks Daily News Miner last month.

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NEWS: Erin’s Law Documentary to be Shown Nationwide August 30 on TLC

ANCHORAGE – The cable television channel TLC, in partnership with two leading child abuse prevention organizations, will air a new documentary later this month exploring the challenges faced by the victims of child sexual abuse. Rep. Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage) has been working on solutions to the epidemic rate of child sexual abuse in Alaska and is encouraging Alaskans to watch “Breaking the Silence” Sunday, August 30 at 6 pm Alaska time. 

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NEWS: Non-Partisan Legal Opinion Shows Governor Walker Has the Authority to Expand Healthcare Options for Thousands of Vulnerable Alaskans

ANCHORAGE – On Tuesday, a small handful of Republican lawmakers voted to authorize a lawsuit seeking to block Alaska Governor Bill Walker’s decision to use his executive powers to expand Medicaid eligibility in Alaska. This decision was made following a closed door, executive session and was made without the support of the Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition or the input of the people of Alaska. Representative Andy Josephson (D-Anchorage) has long been a supporter Medicaid expansion and authored legislation allowing the Walker Administration to accept federal funds to provide vital healthcare to an estimated 40,000 Alaskans.

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